Simon Schaffer on botanist Carl Linnaeus who first classified humans among the apes
Simon Schaffer on humans, apes and Carl Linnaeus
Catharine Edwards on Seneca and facing death.
Only humans know they will die. Catharine Edwards on the Stoic philosopher Seneca
Barry Smith on Noam Chomsky and Human Language
Philosopher Barry Smith on Noam Chomsky and human language
Giles Fraser on Wittgenstein and Blade Runner
Theologian Giles Fraser on Wittgenstein and Blade Runner
Historian Justin Champion on William Whiston's Comet Theory
Historian Justin Champion on William Whiston, the spiritual father of the Philae lander.
How Has Technology Changed Us?
Melvyn Bragg is joined by Tom Chatfield, Gabriel Weston, Justin Champion and Matt Pope.
Writer Tom Chatfield: Has technology rewired our brains?
Tom Chatfield on whether modern technology enhances or diminishes us.
Historian Justin Champion on Francis Bacon
Historian Justin Champion on 17th-century polymath Francis Bacon.
Surgeon Gabriel Weston on medical technology
Surgeon Gabriel Weston sees how medical technology has changed us.
Archaeologist Matt Pope on tools and human evolution
Archaeologist Matt pope looks at the role of technology in early human evolution.
How Do I Live a Good Life?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how to live a good life.
Philosopher Jules Evans on Aristotle and Flourishing
Philosopher Jules Evans asks Gus O'Donnell how to measure the good life.
Justin Champion on Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic
Justin Champion looks at the roots of our culture's belief in the moral power of hard work
Naomi Appleton on the Buddha's Four Noble Truths
Naomi Appleton explores the Buddha's Four Noble Truths.
Ayn Rand and Selfishness
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks looks at the idea of leading a good life by being selfish.
What Is Justice?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss ideas about justice.
Barrister Harry Potter on Deterrence
In this edition of a series of programmes on justice, Harry Potter examines deterrence.
Philosopher Angie Hobbs on the Veil of Ignorance
Angie Hobbs, Leif Wenar and David Runciman debate and explore the ideas of John Rawls.
Thomas Hobbes and Civil Disobedience
Criminologist David Wilson looks at Thomas Hobbes and his 'social contract' theory.
Historian Alice Taylor on Habeas Corpus
Historian Alice Taylor on the slippery justice of extrajudicial detention.
What Does It Mean to Be Me?
Barry Smith, Paul Broks, AL Kennedy and Jules Evans discuss the self.
Paul Broks on John Locke and Personal Identity
Paul Broks asks how we can be sure we are the same person that we were yesterday.
Writer AL Kennedy on Sartre and the Individual
Writer AL Kennedy explores existentialist ideas about the individual.
Philosopher Jules Evans on Jung and the Mind
Jules Evans explores Jung and the shadow inside all of us.
Philosopher Barry Smith on Descartes and Consciousness
Philosopher Barry Smith explores ideas about consciousness.
How Should We Live Together?
Melvyn Bragg and guests debate how we should live together.
Historian Justin Champion on Toleration
Professor Justin Champion examines Locke's Letter on Toleration.
Economist Kate Barker on the Free Market
Is a free market the best foundation for a fair, dynamic society?
Philosopher Angie Hobbs on Plato's Philosopher Kings
Angie Hobbs asks if the ideal state would be run by philosophers not politicians.
Philosopher Timothy Secret on Ancestor Worship
Timothy Secret on Confucius. To live well together we must first consider the dead.
What Is Love?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas around love.
Classicist Edith Hall on Aristophanes in Plato
Classicist Edith Hall on Aristophanes's explanation of love.
Theologian Giles Fraser on Altruism
Giles Fraser discusses gene theory versus altruism with Tom Stoppard and Armand Leroi.
Psychotherapist Mark Vernon on Freud
What is love? Psychotherapist Mark Vernon looks at Freud's ideas on the Greek god Eros.
Writer Lisa Appignanesi on the Love of Children
How should we love our children? Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau had some great ideas.
How Can I Know Anything at All?
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how we can know anything at all.
Lawyer Harry Potter on Eyewitness Testimony
Barrister Harry Potter on whether we can believe our eyes.
Physicist Tara Shears on Falsification
How can we separate real science from mumbo jumbo? Physicist Tara Shears investigates.
Philosopher Clare Carlisle on Reality and Perception
Clare Carlisle grapples with Bishop Berkley's idea that objects only exist in our minds.
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks on Wittgenstein
Paul Broks looks at the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the problem of 'other minds'.
Fionnlagh Macleòid a' meòrachadh air a h-uile car is toinneamh san sgeulachd aca.
The Gold Rush, Bewitched Bovines and Nuclear War
Devin Grier of Edinburgh University introduces Susan to the hazards of the 1849 Gold Rush.
Radio seemed like magic to begin with, then the Nazis exploited its darker powers.
Getting Away with Murder - Episode 4
The Murder of Marian Beattie. Into the mind of a killer
The Stonewall Riot
How a protest outside New York's Stonewall Inn inspired the modern gay rights movement.